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Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Thursday, June 15, 2018.

Indianapolis Indians 7, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)

A.J. Ladwig had another rough outing for the Hens, and the offense couldn’t dig out of the hole he put them in. Ladwig allowed three home runs on the day, surrendering six runs, five earned, in total. The Hens got four innings of one-run ball from the bullpen, but were shut out until the ninth inning. Mike Gerber and Dawel Lugo each doubled with an RBI and a run scored apiece.

Gerber: 1-4, R, RBI, 2B, SO

Lugo: 2-4, R, RBI, 2B, SO

Ladwig (L): 4.0 IP 6 R, 5 ER, 9 H, BB

Coming Up Next: The Hens are home this weekend. They’ll welcome the Louisville Bats in for a weekend series with Friday’s game set for 7:05pm ET.

Erie SeaWolves 11, Hartford Yard Goats 10 (box)

Anthony Castro got mauled in the first inning, walking four and giving up five earned runs. He was pulled, and Drew Carlton turned in four scoreless frames to give the SeaWolves a shot to recover. They plated two in the third to make it 5-3 Goats. Unfortunately, a disastrous sixth inning for Joe Navilhon saw the Goats score five more runs though only one was earned. Two errors in the inning hurt the cause, but Navilhon surrendered two home runs as well.

However, the SeaWolves were not finished. They opened the seventh with four straight hits and scored three runs before Josh Lester capped the frame with a two-run shot to trim the Goats’ lead to two. In the top of the ninth they completed the comeback via a bases loaded double from Chad Sedio that plated three and gave the SeaWolves a one-run lead. Caleb Thielbar had already gone two scoreless innings, and he locked down the ninth for the win.

Ficociello: 2-4, R, 2 RBI

Robson: 1-3, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB

Eaves: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB

Thielbar (W): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: Dillon Tate goes for the Thunder as they welcome the SeaWolves into Trenton for a weekend series.

Jupiter Hammerheads 9, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)

The Flygers jumped right out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the offense sputtered from there. Dylan Burdeaux’s two-run shot was the big blow in the inning. They only managed one more hit in the next eight innings. Meanwhile, a lack of control burned Alfred Gutierrez, who leaked six runs, four earned, and had to be relieved by Eudis Idrogo in the third inning. Idrogo did solid work, getting them through the seventh. No rally was forthcoming though.

Burdeaux: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR

Gutierrez (L): 2.2 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: It’s All-Star break weekend for the Florida State League. The Flying Tigers end the first half with a 35-31 record. They’ll send Daz Cameron, Isaac Paredes, closer Eduardo Jimenez, Spenser Watkins, and Alfred Gutierrez, as All-Star Game representatives. Play will resume on Monday.

West Michigan Whitecaps 9, Great Lakes Loons 6 (box)

The Whitecaps matched the SeaWolves with an outstanding three-run ninth to win in comeback fashion on Thursday. Starter Brad Bass struck out nine, but was also hammered for nine hits, and six runs, five of them earned. The Whitecaps had the answer, scoring three runs in each of the final three innings to run down and drown the Loons. A two-run triple from Reynaldo Rivera was the big blow in the eighth, but it was Brady Policelli who singled Rivera in to tie the game. A two-run triple from Jose Azocar was the eventual game winning hit in the top of the ninth.

Rivera: 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B, SO

Azocar: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B

Green (W): 3.0 IP 2 H, 4 SO

Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps welcome in the Dayton Dragons for a weekend series. First pitch Friday night is set for 7:05pm ET but no starters are announced.